John Wilkes Booth

John Wilkes Booth ( Bel Air , Maryland , May 10 of 1838 – Port Royal , Virginia , April 26 of 1865 ) was an actor of theater American who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865 at the Ford Theatre , in Washington, DC . Supporter of the Confederacy , was vehement in their protests against the Lincoln administration, and was outraged with the defeat of the South in the Civil War . He was also strongly opposed the abolition of slavery in the United States and Lincoln’s proposal to extend voting rights to recently emancipated slaves .
Painting depicting the assassination of Abraham Lincoln

Booth and a group of co-conspirators planned to kill Lincoln, Vice President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State William Seward in a plot to help the Confederate cause. Although the Army of Northern Virginia from Robert E. Lee had surrendered four days earlier, Booth believed the war was not lost because the troops of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston continued fighting against the army of the Union . Of the conspirators, only Booth was able to complete so successful his part in the plan. The killer gave Johnson; Seward was wounded but recovered, and Lincoln died the next morning as a result of a single shot that hit him in the neck – changing the course of U.S. history in the final stages of the Civil War.

After killing Lincoln, Booth fled on horseback to southern Maryland . Twelve days later, he managed to get to a farm in rural northern Virginia , but was pursued and killed by Union soldiers involved Eight others were tried and convicted, and four hanged shortly thereafter.

Born in the state of Maryland , the son of Junius Brutus Booth Sr., original English . He had two brothers, Edwin and Junius Brutus Jr.

Coming from a family with a tradition of theater , began his career in 1855 at the Charles Street Theatre in Baltimore . It appears after the Weatley Theatre’s Arch Street, Philadelphia , in 1857 , and later moves to Richmond , Virginia for a season at Teatro Marshall. At that time he began to identify with the political Southerner and was frequently seen in the company of women, mostly actresses.

In 1861 , an actress named Henrietta Irving, armed with a knife, strikes a cut on his face after discovering that Booth had no intentions of marrying her.

In 1863 , along with fellow theater Ellster John, Thomas Mears and George Pauncell establishes a company of oil which called Dramatic Oil Company.

However, a year after delivering its share in the company to the care of his brother Junius and another friend, let’s work on stage and begins a series of plans to remove the then President Abraham Lincoln ‘s power, thus joining the parties who have the same interests.

Five days after General Lee surrendered, Booth assassinates President Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre .

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